Christine Bleakley’s Off The Beaten Track travel show scrapped by ITV

The broadcaster's answer to Countryfile will be axed due to low ratings since the series launched last November

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Northern Irish broadcaster Christine Bleakley may be dismayed at the news that her travel show Off The Beaten Track will not be re-commissioned by ITV.

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Sadly, the show failed to perform in the ratings, getting around 3.5–4 million viewers in total, since November 2013.

Bleakley’s other project – Dancing On Ice, which she co-hosts with Philip Schofield – also finishes next week.

“It leaves ITV with a headache over what show to give Christine,” a source said to The Sunday Mirror, “they really need to find a new format to suit her. At the moment, there just isn’t an obvious vacancy.”

Bleakley moved from the BBC and her role on The One Show to ITV in 2010. She bagged a four-year contract worth £4million. She moved to ITVs Daybreak, to co-present with Adrian Chiles, but both presenters were dumped in 2011. 

No doubt Bleakley will be looking ahead to planning her wedding with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard this year, and a spokesperson confirmed that she would still play a big role at ITV. 

“We’re looking at several other projects to work on with Christine,” the source told The Sunday Mirror, “[She] remains a big part of the ITV presenting line-up.”


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